(Editor's Note: The following is an open tribute to the late Aaron Seltzer from Gaylordsville historian Barbara Thorland).

Here in Gaylordsville, we sadly say goodbye to Aaron Seltzer, who passed away at the age of 98 in early June.

Aaron, his wife, Jean, and their daughters, Arlene and Peggy, moved to Gaylordsville in the 1960s and purchased the former Charlie Pomeroy lumberyard and buildings.

They renovated the front building for their home and filled it and the surrounding barns with their unique collection of antique wagons and other vehicles, which he took great pride in displaying.

Some years later, Jean and Aaron moved to a house down in the village, across from Gaylordsville United Methodist Church.

Aaron and Jean were part of the group of founding members of the Merwinsville Hotel restoration and were always enthusiastic participants in any and all hotel projects, including our famous barbeque/square dance evenings.

For several years, these events were held in Aaron's barn, appropriately decorated, antique vehicles on display, and hay bales all around for folks to sit on.

One only had to say the word parade and Aaron was off and running, planning and organizing people and which of his vehicles would be in the event.

Aaron was the first official curator of the Merwinsville Hotel Museum and donated a number of articles to the museum.

Most of the oldtime pictures on display at the hotel were framed and donated by Aaron, showing the building in its early stages of disrepair, and tracing the progress of the restoration.

He also donated the lovely piano, with its lovely mother-of-pearl keys, on display in the front parlor.

He was honored at birthday parties in 2012 and 2013 at the home of Geraldine Haase, much to his delight. Attending were many of the hotel crowd and assorted friends and neighbors.

Aaron always did love a good party.

We extend our sympathy to his daughter, Peggy, and his son-in-law, Stan Fader.

We will miss you, Aaron. You were the grand old man of Gaylordsville.

Your enthusiasm, ideas, spirit and inspiration were a gift to us all.

Barbara Thorland

Gaylordsville